Week 5 QB Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Ryan Tannehill $5,400
There’s no denying that the Dolphins and QB Ryan Tannehill struggled in Week Four but this week, facing the Bengals should be a different story. Cincinnati has already allowed three top-12 fantasy performances from the QB position this season. They simply can’t stop opposing quarterbacks. Expect Tannehill and the Dolphins to return to their odd big play/low volume offense, mixed in with the floor Tannehill provides as a runner. – Ryan McDowell
Dak Prescott $6,300
Things have started to look up in the Cowboys offense and while it wasn’t riveting Dak is coming off of his best performance of 2018. He used a mix of RBs, WRs and the TE to lead the ‘Boys to victory. In this weeks battle of Texas you better believe Jerry Jones wants this win and is letting his players know about it. The Texans just gave up 464 pass yards and four touchdowns to a Colts team that ranks bottom five in explosive pass plays on the season. They allowed Eli Manning and the hapless Giants pass offense to post 297 and two touchdowns and they haven’t had an interception since week one. I expect a steady QB1 performance from Dak this week. – Sal Leto
Alex Smith $6,600
It has been a rather sleepy start for Alex Smith from a fantasy perspective. He’s totaled only four touchdowns in three games to go along with just over 250 passing yards per game, a rather tame number in today’s NFL. However, he has been an efficient passer overall, averaging just under eight yards per attempt and completing 68.8 percent of his passes. Despite being gifted a matchup with Eli Manning in Week 4, the New Orleans Saints have allowed the third-most passing yards in the league, and the defensive improvements they showed in 2017 have quickly given way to more shootouts in The Big Easy. Washington will need to score to keep pace with the Saints on the fast track indoors at the Superdome. This should be Smith’s best performance in his new home to-date. – Rob Willette
Andrew Luck $7,200
Things are certainly looking up for the Colts QB Andrew Luck after his huge game a week ago, brushing off questions about his arm strength to set new career-high marks for pass attempts and passing yards. This week, the Colts visit the Patriots on short rest and Luck will be without top pass-catchers WR TY Hilton and TE Jack Doyle, along with RB Marlon Mack. Luck is not a total avoid, but I won’t be expecting a repeat of last week. – Ryan McDowell
Baker Mayfield $6,100
I probably shouldn’t have to tell you this but I’ve seen some crazy hype in the shiny new toy type of way the last two weeks. I’ve been asked about dropping viable weekly fantasy position players for Mayfield. I say stop the madness. This is still a poorly coached Browns team. Sure he’s going to have moments and make plays that indicate the bright future but for the most part it will be inconsistent and tough to swallow. This week he will see the number two pass defense in the Baltimore Ravens who have allowed one passing touchdown total in three of their four games. Zero 300 yard passing games in a season that seemingly has half the league hitting that mark each week. The Ravens are confident coming of a prime time beating of the Steelers and not a place you want to start a rookie. – Sal Leto
Russell Wilson $6,600
For all of Russell Wilson’s greatness, he is not immune to being impacted by his supporting cast. The talent level in Seattle has atrophied over the past several seasons and we are seeing it hinder Wilson’s upside, highlighted by his 172 yards, no touchdown clunker this past Sunday at Arizona. While the Rams are extremely banged up in the secondary, they still pose a matchup issue for Wilson, as Wade Phillips’ defense are always well-equipped to limit passing games. Wilson is more name brand value than locked-in fantasy starter at this point, and there are much better plays on the Week 5 docket. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.